African-Americans at the University of Iowa



Frederick W. Slater


Photo Courtesy of The University of Iowa Archives. Hawkeye 1921.

Frederick W. "Duke" Slater was born December 19, 1898. He came to The University of Iowa in 1918 from Normal, Illinois. While at the University he excelled both in the classroom and on the football field. In 1921, Slater was named to the Chicago Tribune's All-American Team. Slater graduated in 1921 and later returned to Iowa to receive a L.L.B. in 1928.

Years later, Slater was appointed a Municipal Court judge in Cook County, Illinois. Slater was a member of the National Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, Kappa Alpha Psi, and the Masons.

Slater Residence Hall is named in his honor.


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